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ALL-TAG releases RFID-Ink tag ••• Redpoint Positioning integrates RTLS with Autodesk's BIM applications ••• Bluvision, Airside Mobile Turn On Android's Nearby Notifications feature at airports ••• MicroStrategy leverages Bluetooth beacons for real-time user behavior analytics ••• T.A.P. Tag Technologies NFC-enables RealTimeRental's new mobile app.
By Beth Bacheldor
Jun 16, 2016

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: ALL-TAG; Redpoint Positioning, Autodesk; Bluvision, Airside Mobile; MicroStrategy; T.A.P. Tag Technologies, and RealTimeRental.

ALL-TAG Releases RFID-Ink Tag

ALL-TAG, a manufacturer of anti-theft security tags, security labels and other loss-prevention products, has announced the release of RFID-Ink, which combines RFID technology with an ink tag that releases a permanently staining fluid if forcibly removed. The product enables retailers to combine theft deterrence, RFID and electronic article surveillance (EAS) technologies into a single tag, the company reports.

Ink tags are referred to as benefit/denial products, because they deny shoplifters the benefit of the stolen merchandise. If a shoplifter attempts to forcibly disconnect an ink tag from its locking device, the tag's ink vials will break and the contents will spill out onto the garment, permanently defacing it. Statistics show that shoplifters are typically deterred from stealing when the target merchandise can neither be worn nor sold.

RFID-Ink tags
The RFID-Ink tag's plastic shell contains ink vials and an RFID circuit. ALL-TAG can embed any make or model of inlay into the RFID-Ink tag, as long it will fit into its shell, explains Andy Gilbert, ALL-TAG's VP of sales, and the company can design it to customers' specifications so that they can seamlessly add this product to their existing RFID process. The firm can also customize the RFID-Ink tag's shape and color, as well as the ink ampoules themselves, to meet a customer's needs.

The RFID-Ink is attached and detached from merchandise via the same method used with traditional ink tags, Gilbert says. The RFID-Ink tag is equipped with a pin (which is also customizable) that can be inserted through a garment and then into a locking mechanism called a clutch—or, he notes, for a double measure of theft protection, into the locking mechanism of a traditional AM or RF EAS hard tag, such as Sensormatic's SuperTag or Checkpoint Systems' Mini Tag. When a shopper buys the garment, the retailer uses a magnetic detacher to release the pin from the clutch or anti-theft hard tag.

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